Sep 14, 2018 (Last updated Sep 12, 2021) by Hannah Sunderani
Fig and Arugula Pizza anyone? I cant think of any better way to bring in the weekend than with Friday Pizza Night!
To me, a savoury pizza with a side of salad go hand in hand. When I go to restaurants I have to order them both, to be brought at the same time. And if my salad comes first I always wait to eat it until my pizza has arrived. Then, I combine the two together, piling the lettuce sky high on the pizza and taking a big crunchy bite! I just love those tangy greens paired with the warm and comforting bread.
And so, it was only a matter of time that I would make two become one. A glorious pizza starring salad as it’s topping of choice. It’s a Salad Pizza of sorts! After all, it’s healthy if it has the word “salad” in it, right? hehe. And this Fig and Arugula salad pizza is certainly not my first rodeo. They’ve become a staple in our household, including my Salad Pizza with bibb lettuce, tomato and fresh herbs.
I really love this Vegan Fig and Arugula Pizza for this time of year with its fall vibes. Using lush and jammy figs, and balsamic vinaigrette infused with peppery arugula, thyme and basil. The flavours are euphoric, making pizza night a little gourmet with a few simple ingredients.
The balsamic vinaigrette used to dress the arugula was a store-bought blend. Typically I make my own, but this one was sent to me by Quintesense to try. They call this one their “Provencale” blend and it’s got a nice combination of flavours including thyme and sun-dried tomato. TBH – I sort of forgot the level of ease a store-bought dressing can be! The simplicity of just grabbing and pouring. The ingredients as well are straight forward and clean. Typically dressings are choco-blocked with millions of ingredients half of them being totally illegible. The ingredients in this dressing however are clear. They consist solely of oil, vinegar, water, salt and spice. My kind of product!
Of course, if you don’t have this balsamic blend, or if it isn’t available in your region you could easily sub with another organic store bought balsamic dressing. Or make it yourself combining 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp quality balsamic, 1 tsp dijon mustard, salt and pepper, and a bit of honey or agave to sweeten. This is how I would have done it had I not used this Quintesens’s beauty blend.
Another thing that makes this pizza so gourmet is the homemade pizza dough. There is really nothing better than a homemade dough for a crisp and bubbly bread. It makes all the difference.
I find that people get really intimidated over the thought of making their own pizza dough, but I can tell you it’s an irrational fear. It’s easy as pie! Actually no, it’s WAY easier than making pie. (Not sure why that’s an expression because pie is sort of hard to make). So let’s say, “it’s easy as 1 2 3.” Yes, that’s much better because actually all you need are these three things:
There’s no appliances, no kneading, and no 80-year-old Italian grandma required to make a stellar bubbly dough. And I’m telling you, this homemade pizza dough will change your Friday Pizza night. Not to mention you look like a total boss babe having friends come over to homemade bubbly dough when they’ve got Dominos on speed dial. (A gathering or two has taught me this flawless party trick).
So I hope you’ll give this fab fall pizza a try. I’m sure it will change your salad and pizza game. And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.